Magosi g Contenders for League Title

| January 27, 2015

After a 2-1 victory against BDF XI at Sir Seretse Khama Barracks on Saturday, January 24, Mochudi Centre Chiefs now pose g challenge for the be Mobile Premier League title.

They have bagged 37 points from 17 outings, only three points behind log leaders, Township Rollers who are perched atop with 40 points having played the same number of games.

If Chiefs’ weekend performance and their current log standings are anything to go by, there is no doubt that the league would be more entertaining and competitive while the race for the championship remains open.

In the field, Magosi started the game at a high pace and visited Matebele goal posts quite often. In the eighth minute, BDF XI’s captain, Mompati ‘Apache’ Thuma was forced to clear a dangerous ball on the goal line forcing a corner, which Chiefs failed to convert.

Magosi continued to dominate the game and denied Matebele any chance of their usual ball game. They created a lot of scoring opportunities but their good runs from the middle were cut short by the experienced Apache.

BDF XI also had the chance to open the score board in the 27th minute from a free kick but they wasted it, and for that they were punished three minutes later when Chiefs’ Onalethata Tshekiso converted a free kick.

Tshekiso’s goal seemed to have unsettled the BDF XI camp and Magosi’s continued to move forward in search for another goal. Their efforts were rewarded just seven minutes before recess when Tshekiso scored the second goal for Magosi, punishing the opposition defence which was found ball watching. At half time, Magosi were still leading 2-0.

Efforts were made by the Matebele camp to turn the tables, but alas, that was not to be since Magosi had already read their game plan. Nonetheless, in the 66th minute, Matebele’s Vincent Zombe pulled one down to make it 2-1 and the goal gave their supporters hope that the pendulum would swing to their side.

However, time was not on their side and the referee’s final whistle saw Magosi bagging the three valuable points. Magosi would in the next fixture face top placed Township Rollers. Chiefs coach, Mike Sithole said in a post-match interview that his team played well despite having it tough against the opposition.

Sithole indicated that in the second half, Chiefs allowed BDF into play by giving them a lot of room to manoeuvre, but he was happy that his players defended well and collected three points.

“My team is now gaining momentum and gelling after the Christmas break as you can see by their good performance,” he said. BDF XI coach, Rasta Kgengwenyane said they lost the game in the first half because they failed to mark and defend which allowed their opponents to turn even inside the box.

“In the second stanza we were working under pressure, hence we missed a lot of scoring opportunities,” he said, adding his midfield was also the weakest link on the day.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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